November 2003 - Posts

Thanks to comments from my previous post, I did snag a copy of Blogert.

Just like I thought, it's almost everything that I wanted, but I want a couple of more features -  like the ability to post to many blogs at once (this is my main want) and it seems from initial reaction that it would be cool to be able to post snippets of code into the entry that you're writing.

So I've got the behaviors that I want, but spread across two different apps. Looks like I've found myself a pet project.Smiley

...way to post to my weblogs. Maybe you can help me out.

Objective: Create a desktop application that will enable posting entries to a weblog.

Technology: Windows Forms, C#

Needs:

  • A simple, familiar, WYSIWYG interface for creating content.
  • Use the MetaBlog API for posting and retrieving content.
  • Ability to post to many blogs at once.
  • Ability to save posts locally at the user's discretion and/or in a disconnected scenario.

Wants:

  • That's where you come in!

I've seen the images of Blogert, but I can't find where to download itSad. It looks like it does almost everything that I need it to do, and it would be real nice to build on top of it to add cross/multi-blog posting. That would be ideal and preferable to starting from scratch. If I can't have my cake and eat it too, I'll just start with what's available.

This isn't really something I need, however it would be really nice to have it, since I'm not completely satisfied with the experience in w.bloggar...I want wysiwyg, just as if I'm posting from my blog itself. So what would be really nice to have on this? I need to sharpen my Windows Forms skills (or lack thereof) - what would be something that would set a tool like this apart a little bit from other software? Or, am I barking up the wrong tree and really need to sharpen my google skills? Thanks for taking the time to read this; I'm off to let this idea stew for a little bit.

Our friend Hannah passed away yesterday.

Vanessa: thank you for your comment, indeed Hannah was an inspiration to us all. She had courage and faith until the very end, and my condolences go out to her family and everyone whose life she touched.

I'm sorry, Frans - this did make me chuckle a little bit, tho:

Well... ever heard of role-based security? Rob Howard hasn't obviously.

Rob Howard – Membership, Role Management and Security in ASP.NET Whidbey

hehe

I've been using the Exception Management Application Block for quite some time now, and for general purpose it's great. Especially when I need some detailed information about exceptions generated from an asp.net application, EMAB's got my back.

The only problem that I've had so far (barring non-perfectly formed configSections) I ran into today, and it had to do with Registry Access. I'm in the midst of deploying a windows forms application that uses the EMAB, but the user I wanted to deploy to was not an administrator (and really shouldn't be.) So, I had to :

  • rebuild my installer, removing the custom action to install EMAB
  • log the user out
  • log in as administrator
  • run cmd: cd C:\%windir%\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\
  • installutil "Path to EMAB"
  • let the user log back in before we could test things.

What a pain in the ass! Maybe I'm just spoiled from all of this xcopy sh deployment bru-haha.;) Anyways, I hope that .NET becomes easier for non-administrators to use...okay, maybe that's a gross generalization, but the point is that Registry Access never crossed my mind as an issue to resolve, because I'm always running in "God Mode" and therefore never really worry about these things.

Funny thing is that I created a fake User in the same group as the target user and deployed the application to a test machine before I ever put the app on the target machine - the installer and everything worked like a charm, but shouldn't have (unless EMAB was already installed:)...Okay, I need to blog more b/c this is turning into a rant. All I really wanted to do was outline what I needed to do to get EMAB installed for a non-administrator. Shh! If you're still reading, don't tell, aiight?

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